“Do something creative every day. That’s one motto I live by. Do something for someone else every day. You’re sure to have a good day.”
Not a lot of other rules for her. Christine Lakeland plays music, writes songs, sings (she calls it warbling). She also is a gear-head.
“I’ve been fortunate to learn from some smart and special folks.” Enough to record and produce song after song, lately in her Cottage By The C Songshack. She has traveled, played and recorded with famous and not-famous alike but this musician just says “I am truly lucky and blessed.”
The morning after high school graduation, Christine Lakeland left a midwest childhood and had a job in a bar band in Nashville within the week. Her first ‘big name’ gig: rhythm guitar and harmony vocal backing up Tanya Tucker. She’s worked live and/or in the studio with Tucker, Hoyt Axton, Merle Haggard, Leon Russell, and many more. ”I’m firmly convinced ‘work begets work’, ’cause every gig I was hired for was after being heard on the job.”
Christine Lakeland is well known to some as a veteran member of the JJ Cale road band. As the second guitarist/harmony singer she’s played on every one of his albums since the late 70’s, including his 2006 CD collaboration with Eric Clapton, the Grammy-winning “Road to Escondido” which boasted a stellar list of guest musicians; Billy Preston, Doyle Bramhall II, Derek Trucks, John Mayer, Albert Lee, Willie Weeks, Nathan East, Walt Richmond and more.
Her own recordings and live gigs show what learning from all the right influences can add to the singer/songwriter bag.
Good songs. Good grooves. She has released four cds of her own material and a limited pressing live jam cd.
“The ingredients in music that matter most to me are the song, the song and the song. I am such a fan of so many great songwriters of all styles. I am all about writing a song that connects with people and sounding like myself.”
“It seems nearly everyone plays guitar. Like so many players I’m somewhere between the worst and the best,” she laughs. It makes me glad to feel I have a kinship with, and belong with, all the guitar lovers and players out there.”
Having made it into her fifties, Christine Lakeland sums up the conversation by saying “I hope the second half of this life is as good as the first half has been!”